Dips of all kinds are welcome snacks at any gathering. There's hummus, veggie dips and an occasional mystery dip that appears to be made of some sort of cheese. Not that that's a bad thing because dips that are made of cheese are awesome. You can dip anything in cheese and have it come out tasting like heaven.
Besides eating dips, I really enjoy making dips because they are appetizers that can range from simple to super elegant, depending on the ingredients. This Smoked Salmon Dip - with Everything Bagel Chips, if you desire - is my favorite combination of both casual and elegant, as crunchy bagel chips meet beautiful smoked salmon.
In full disclosure, I had never even tasted smoked salmon until college when my husband (then boyfriend) ordered a bagel with lox and cream cheese topped with a slice of tomato. I looked at him a little oddly before happily hunkering down to enjoy my order of an everything bagel with strawberry cream cheese. Yes, I know, I have a weird favorite bagel/cream cheese combination. Please don' hold that against me.
My strawberry cream cheese didn't look very sophisticated compared to his smoked salmon, although he didn't bat an eye at my odd selection - which pleased me greatly. It also got me thinking that maybe his bagel with fish on it could would be tasty, too. So I tried a bite and it turns out that it was surprisingly delicious. Ever since then, I have enjoyed smoked salmon in many forms. This dip is at the top of my favorite ways to eat smoked salmon.
This Smoked Salmon Dip is the perfect marriage of flavors and textures. Creamy dip served with crunchy, garlicky bagel chips. The smokiness of the salmon compliments the brininess of the capers and earthiness of the fresh dill. A bit of lemon brightens the entire dip and rounds out the flavors in a way that makes it perfect for even the most sophisticated of cocktail parties.
Or you can eat it standing at your kitchen counter because you simply can't stop eating; it's that good. Though I wouldn't know anything about that. Enjoy!